Thursday, March 27, 2014


4 o'clock came very early. Although thankful for a place to sleep, none of us rested as well as we had hoped. I'm sure excitement played into that! The four of us ladies were downstairs in the lobby just before 5 and I think we surprised grandpa that we were ready to go on time! We were some of the first in the line for security and about fifteen minutes after leaving our room we were sitting in a restaurant ordering breakfast! What a blessing it was to be able to sit and eat a good meal together! The flight was smooth and all of us were able to sleep. As we descended below the clouds and I saw Haiti, it finally hit me that it was really happening. The five of us worked together perfectly, getting through the different security check points and locating our eleven bags. Grandpa took the lead with his cart, I came right behind him with my own cart and Emma followed me with some of our backpacks while Lee and Mom brought up the rear. When asked what we had in our bags, Grandpa calmly started listing off things like clothes, candy and toys. For the first time in years they waved us over to customs to have our bags searched for medicine and other things of value. It took everything in me to remain calm and act as though this would be no problem. I instantly started to pray, asking The Lord to blind the custom agents eyes to anything of consequence but especially our generator which had made it through this far! Mom marched right up front to assist Grandpa with the suitcases. I prayed and prayed and prayed. One suitcase after another was put on the table and then waved through. She did two off of the first cart, two off of the second cart, one off of the third and then skipped the whole cart that had the generator and came back to my cart to search the duffel bag. She never saw any of the seven month supply of vitamins for eleven people or any of the over the counter meds even though we know that there was medicine packed in every suitcase save the one with the generator. Can I just say, wow? I think we were all a bit stunned as we walked towards the exit. I know I say this often but it's only because it is the truth! God is so good! Out the door we went and Robinson was there to meet us! A short walk to the Toyota, 10 minutes to figure out how to fit all of the bags in and on the car and then we were off! It didn't take very long to get Grandpa to the house where he will be staying at for the night in order to meet with the Rotary Club. It is a very nice place and he should be comfortable, though I think we were all sad to be losing a team member for a day! Our ride to St. Marc was great and we had a lot of time to talk and catch up with Rob Rob. As we pulled up to the mission house a familiar face poked his head out of the gate. When Mom got out of the car, Vladimir went running into her arms with a smile that could melt any heart! I was not far behind Mom and to my surprise Vladimir smiled even bigger and started calling my name! It has been 10 months since I last saw him and since he is only three I didn't think he would remember us! Boy, was I wrong! He has been a little live wire running through the house calling for us left and right! By the time we got bags unloaded and found the food we needed for lunch, it was three o'clock. It is very hot and since it was 1 degree at home when we left yesterday, it is a 100 degree difference. A bit of a shock for all of us. Lee and Emma have been amazing though! Not one word of complaint and they are always right there to help! Couldn't have two better ladies on this trip! We got to see the orphans for a short time this evening. I couldn't have been happier! They are always a bit shy the first time we see them but I know they are as excited as the rest of us! We cooked a late dinner in the dark and are getting settled in for our first night! So much has happened today and I feel like I am leaving so much out, but I am too tired to keep going tonight. Thanks for all of the prayers, we can feel them!



Jake T said...

Super stoked that customs went smoothly for you this time around, God is faithful! What a sweet reunion for you and Boo Boo, sounds like he was very excited to see you all. Prayers headed your way, that God goes ahead of your efforts and make a way, where there seems to be no way.
Isaiah 49;
I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’
and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’
They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures
and on hills that were previously bare.

They will neither hunger nor thirst.
The searing sun will not reach them anymore.
For the Lord in his mercy will lead them;
he will lead them beside cool waters.

And I will make my mountains into level paths for them.
The highways will be raised above the valleys.

This scripture stood out to me this morning and I hope it helps you through this day. prayers and blessings from home. love ya's!

Anonymous said...

Hi Krystle, Beth Jo, Lee & Emma, & Dad Berg, Such a sweet blog-am jealous in a good way. -can just about feel the heat & see the children, the mountains, etc. Glad for a safe trip, His Presence & help. He certainly knows how to get things done when we trust Him, doesn't He! May He be a "wall of fire with glory in the midst" about each of you. Praying, Love G&G XX00.

Ramona said...

Glad to get the good news of your flights and that everything was through customs without any hitches. We continue to pray for you all as you work and play with the orphans! Please give our love and best wishes to Robinson and family. May God continue to guide you all in everything you do for Him.
Love you guys, Pastor Don and Ramona.

Maura Berg said...

So glad you guys made it safe and sound!!! Dad has been keeping me updated! As I have to say as many times as rob rob say it is Haiti when something doesn't quite go the way we want it to.... When it comes to getting what we need for our sweet brothers and sisters there and GOD is involved I have to say "it is Haiti!!!" HIS love never fails!!!

Emmaleah (couldn't resist) I am sure the children are already in love with you! What an amazing gift you already are to them more then you know!!! May GOD continue to bless you for your heart and willingness to go be HIS hands and feet!!!!! Get ready girl, life will never look the same!!!

Lee so glad you are there! I know you will be such a huge blessing to not only everyone around you but to my mom as well! I am thankful that you are on this trip and I will pray GOD strengthens you and gives HIS grace to flow through you to HIS Haitian people!

Momma. I miss you! Plain and simple! I and keeping you tucked in the pocket right by my heart! So glad you are in your second home! I know thee light and love you bring here is magnified even more so there!!! Sending you a hug and my love!!!

KB aka orange killer
You know I couldn't resist this one. I am on my way to Florida the place the good oranges originate from. Perhaps I can pick up some good tips. Lol!
In all seriousness I am so proud of the woman of GOD you have become! I know you will be a huge blessing to so many there and you will be able to see and check up on all your kids! Thanks for the blogs you have your dad's skills at writing!!!!

My love and prayers for you all!!!! Lifting you up!